Michele Schreiber

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Film & Media Studies

Associate Professor

Film & Media Studies

Office: Rich Bldg 109E

Email: mjschre@emory.edu

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 1999
  • BA, Fordham University, 1995

Biography

I joined the Department of Film and Media Studies as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2008.  My research areas include feminist film and media theory, cultural studies, film and television genres, and contemporary Hollywood and independent filmmakers.  I am particularly interested in how popular depictions of gender in the media reflect and inform broader socio-political and cultural trends and attitudes.

My book American Postfeminist CinemaWomen, Romance and Contemporary Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) analyzes the symbiotic relationship between heterosexual romance and postfeminist culture.  It focuses on a cycle of Hollywood and independent films produced since 1980 and how their depiction of romance is intertwined with contemporary women's ambivalence and broader cultural anxieties about their changing social and political status.

Other recent projects take these interests in new directions, focusing on how contemporary filmmakers engage with gender and genre within different industry and media contexts.  This work has two areas of focus.  First, I am interested in American independent cinema, particularly the work of women filmmakers therein. I have published essays on the films of Nicole Holofcener, Rebecca Miller, and Mary Harron and am currently co-editing (along with Claire Perkins and Linda Badley) the first anthology to focus on this topic, entitled Indie Reframed: Women Filmmakers and Contemporary American Cinema (under contract, Edinburgh University Press).  My essay in the anthology examines the recent move of independent women directors into television, with a focus on Allison Anders and Mary Harron.  My second current area of interest is the work of director David Fincher.  My book in progress on the director (under contract with Wallflower Press) explores the intersections between the thematic and formal characteristics of his films, his representation of 20th and 21st century masculinity and his pioneering use of digital technology. My forthcoming Journal of Film and Video article “’Tiny Life’: Technology and Masculinity in the Films of David Fincher” examines these concerns in relationship to Fight Club (1999), Zodiac (2007) and The Social Network (2010).

I regularly teach classes on film and media theory, film authors, film genres, television, and gender in film and popular culture.  I am an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Disability Studies Initiative.

Associations

Publications

American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.  Buy this book.

Read more about Professor Schreiber’s book in this Huffington Post story.

“Their Own Personal Velocity: Female Directors and Contemporary Independent Cinema.” American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood, and Beyond, Geoff King, Claire Malloy, Yannis Tzioumakis, eds. Routledge, 2012. pp.96-107. Buy this book.

“Independence at What Cost?  Economics and Female Desire in Nicole Holofcener’s Friends With Money.” Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Cinema, Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer, eds., New York: Routledge, 2011. pp. 177-188. Buy this book.

Interrogating Post-Feminism (Book Review). Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra, eds. Film Quarterly. Fall 2010. pp. 76-77.

“Misty Water-colored Memories of the Way we Were…” Nostalgia and Postfeminism in Contemporary Romance Narratives.” Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. Vicki Callahan, ed. Wayne State University Press, 2010. pp. 364-383. Buy this book.

“Spectatorship and Audiences.” The Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. Keith Barry Grant, ed. Thompson Gale, 2006. pp. 129-133. Buy this book.